1 I saw the Lord standing beside the aaltar, and He said,
“Smite the capitals so that the bthresholds will shake,
And cbreak them on the heads of them all!
Then I will dslay the rest of them with the sword;
They will enot have a fugitive who will flee,
Or a refugee who will escape.
2 “Though they dig into aSheol,
From there will My hand take them;
And though they bascend to heaven,
From there will I bring them down.
I will asearch them out and take them from there;
And though they bconceal themselves from My sight on the floor of the sea,
From there I will command the cserpent and it will bite them.
4 “And though they go into acaptivity before their enemies,
From there I will command the sword that it slay them,
And I will bset My eyes against them for evil and not for good.”
5 The Lord 1God of hosts,
The One who atouches the land so that it melts,
And ball those who dwell in it mourn,
And all of it rises up like the Nile
And subsides like the Nile of Egypt;
And has founded His vaulted dome over the earth,
He who bcalls for the waters of the sea
And cpours them out on the face of the earth,
dThe Lord is His name.
7 “Are you not as the sons of aEthiopia to Me,
O sons of Israel?” declares the Lord.
“Have I not brought up Israel from the land of Egypt,
8 “Behold, the aeyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom,
And I will bdestroy it from the face of the earth;
Nevertheless, I will cnot totally destroy the house of Jacob,”
Declares the Lord.
And I will ashake the house of Israel among all nations
As grain is shaken in a sieve,
But not a 1kernel will fall to the ground.
10 “All the asinners of My people will die by the sword,
Those who say, ‘bThe calamity will not overtake or confront us.’
And wall up its cbreaches;
I will also raise up its ruins
And rebuild it as in the ddays of old;
Declares the Lord who does this.
“When the aplowman will overtake the reaper
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
And all the hills will be dissolved.
And they will brebuild the ruined cities and live in them;
They will also cplant vineyards and drink their wine,
And make gardens and eat their fruit.
And athey will not again be rooted out from their land
Which I have given them,”
Says the Lord your God.
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